NOW AND THEN—Above, left, Joseph “Jay” Lerner, now 94, lives in Westlake Village with his granddaughter and her family. Right, when he was 20 years old, Lerner served on the USS Hendry during the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Courtesy photosDuring his tenure in the Navy, Joseph “Jay” Lerner only refused one order.
It was during the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. The ship he was serving on, the USS Hendry, was under fire from Japanese fighter planes, and Lerner was ordered to climb a radio antenna and...
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